We are re-opening all the practices on the 1st July Monday to Friday 9-5
Online booking is temporarily suspended. Please call the practice to book an appointment. We are required to ask a few questions before we can book you in to ensure we meet COVID-19 guidelines.
An important update on Covid-19 and our stores

An update on the Covid-19 virus and our stores

Given the unprecedented situation in the UK regarding the COVID-19 virus we feel that it is important to reassure you that we are continuing to keep our practice clean and safe for both you and our team. We intend to keep the practices open for as long as possible to provide the service that is needed for our patients.

You will appreciate that as an optical practice we work in an environment where the prevention of the spread of a whole range of infections is woven into everything that we do. Nevertheless, we are paying particular attention the latest government guidance on the transmission of coronavirus.

All of the frames on display, the equipment we use and all surfaces are cleaned and disinfected regularly to keep the practice as sterile as needed and as often as needed.

Know the guidance

Before attending the practice for your next appointment, we would be grateful if you would review the most up to date government guidance – just click this link https://www/nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covd19/

Keep us in the loop

Please remember that we are open, as normal, and to call us on the practice telephone number or email us to let us know if you wish to reschedule any of your booked appointments. We would be happy to schedule an alternative date for you. 

At your next appointment

Please forgive us if we don’t shake hands – but we are however happy to do the elbow bump – just ask! 

You’ll notice that we’ve removed some non-essential items in the reception area including the magazines. They will return once this is all over!

As a team, we are doing everything we possibly can to remain fit, well and able to work so that we can continue to provide our usual high standard of dental care for you.

Thank you for your support in keeping everyone safe.

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Protect your eyes against UltraViolet damage

Why does UV damage unprotected eyes?

Ultraviolet (UV) rays, a potential threat to public health, have been surging with the seasonal changes as experts advise people to take protective measures before stepping out into the sunlight.

Fishermen and motorists with improper protection are at peril of developing serious eye and skin diseases as they are fully exposed to the sun's radiation and rays reflected back from the water and road surfaces.

Listed as a major source of global disease burden by the World Health Organisation (WHO), UV radiation reaches its peak in the summer months posing multiple threats to humans and animals who are under direct sunlight without proper protection.

UV radiation is at its peak at noon in the latter half of this month (May), June, July, and August in most of Western Europe and the Middle East. Unprotected human eyes and skin could suffer permanent damage or severe sunburn.

In one of its reports, WHO says UV-related illness and death are increasing worldwide. The organisation has reported an estimated 60,000 deaths a year in the world due to exposure to dangerous UV rays. Some 48,000 deaths are caused by malignant melanomas (skin cancer) and 12,000 by skin carcinomas.

UV rays are of three types, A, B, and C. UV-A rays can cause wrinkling and skin ageing along with contributing to melanoma. The UV-B cause sunburns and cataracts, an eye disease. They also have harmful effects on the human immune system and cause sunburn and melanoma. The UV-C rays are the most dangerous but they are luckily blocked by the ozone layer.

Some amount of UV rays filter through the ozone layer in the summer months and reaches the earth.

Maximum radiation

In the Mediterranean and Middle East, this radiation starts increasing in May, reaching its maximum levels in July and August. It goes down to the minimum level in the late Autumn and Winter months. People going on holiday to these areas need to be aware of the potential health hazards of this radiation especially during the bright sunny hours of the day.

People generally believe that sun radiation only causes sunburn and skin problems. They must be advised that eyes are the most vulnerable part of the human body and can suffer severe damage from UV unless they are adequately protected.

This radiation plays a contributory role in the development of ocular disorders such as cataract, pterygium, cancer of the skin around the eye, photokeratitis (a painful eye condition) and corneal degenerative changes, and may contribute to age-related macular degeneration.

Companies should be made to provide sunglasses to field workers as part of work safety measures.

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